2008 Tardieu Laurent, Hermitage Blanc
80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne
A lustrous gold in colour, this is immediately attractive. The nose is inviting and evocative, reminiscent of warm pastry shops, with hints of brioche, vanilla and caramel allied to ripe, orchard fruit compote, cream and nuts. The palate is utterly decadent, opulent and ripe, yet elegantly poised throughout.